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When all is dark.
19th May 2020 • The Furnace • Archdiocese of Sydney
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Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

There are times in our life when we feel stuffed - too tired, its too much, trapped even. The experience of Paul and Silas today show us a Christian is never trapped. For it seems they really were. In the darkness, far from home, locked in prison, in great pain with bleeding wounds. They couldn’t even move their feet! What is the response of the Christian in such situations? “Late that night Paul and Silas were praying and singing God’s praises”. That’s nice and pious. And immensely effective in the situation. First, others are moved by what we are doing: “the other prisoners listened.” And second - it opens our prisons. “Suddenly there was an earthquake that shook the prison to its foundations. All the doors flew open and the chains fell from all the prisoners.” Praising God liberates our hearts and the hearts of others - and in different moments, not just hearts. Praised be Jesus Christ! - especially in our hard moments.